My friend who is a cataloger at a small public library sometimes likes to share the titles of particularly outrageous romance novels. He catalogs a LOT of romance novels. I am always surprised by just how ridiculous these books sound, and how crazy-creative the covers and titles can be.
However, I often wonder what people think of the popularity of these books. They are widely read, widely circulated at public libraries, and they are almost exclusively read/bought/borrowed by women.
Books like these:
What do these books have to say about women? Women like reading and writing these books. Meanwhile, we’re telling girls they should be reading books about strong female protagonists and books that empower women and show that they don’t need a man’s control in their life. Meanwhile, we’re telling authors that they should be writing books that empower women.
Are these books empowering? Why or why not?
You know what my friend said? “I have too much respect for women to be a feminist.” And I 100% agree with him.
And do you know what IS empowering? Letting women make their own decisions. Letting them read what they want and write what they want and enjoy what they like. Whether it’s Ravishing the Heiress or The Hunger Games, women like what they like and you should let them do so.